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Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison For Role In Tyler Clementi's Suicide


Has justice been served?

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student found guilty of a biased crime for secretly broadcasting gay roommate Tyler Clementi's private gay hookups, a catalyst in Clementi's 2010 suicide, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail, 300 hours of community service, counseling on cyber-bullying and LGBT communities.

In addition, Ravi must pay a $11,950 fine that will be donated to a state-sponsored group "dedicated to assisting victims of biased crimes," which as far as I know is a unique and appropriate addition.

Calling Ravi's actions "colossally insensitive and criminal," Judge Glenn Berman lambasted Ravi for an apparent lack of contrition. "I heard this jury say, 'guilty' 288 times--24 questions, 12 jurors. That's the multiplication. I haven't heard you apologize once."

Though Clementi's parents and friends have been asking for a harsh sentence for the apparent unremorseful Ravi — Clementi's mother called Ravi's actions "evil and malicious" — gay activists have advocated against the maximum 10-year and deportation sentence Ravi faced. Today many of them agreed with Judge Berman's decision.

Steven Goldstein from Garden State Equality remarked:

Those who have oppose giving Dharun Ravi jail time have asked, 'Hasn’t he suffered enough?' But we believe there’s another question:  Has Dharun Ravi done enough? Has he done enough to use his place in history to speak out against student bullying and to make a positive impact on millions of lives across our state and nation?

Thus far, no.

Though Tyler Clementi has left us, the rest of Dharun Ravi’s life will help tell his life story. Ravi’s own lawyer portrayed him as a young man who engaged merely in jerky behavior. Ravi can stay that course, or he can do some good with his life by making amends and fighting for the justice and dignity of every individual, including people who are LGBT. That much is up to Ravi.

Shane Windmeyer from Campus Pride said the case should serve as a reminder that all campus administrators and students have an obligation to work against anything even vaguely resembling discrimination or bigotry.

"Every person has a responsibility to stand up for those who experience bullying and harassment – tragedies can be averted anytime even a single voice speaks out for the voiceless,” he said.

"Bystanders – those who witness bullying or harassment and do nothing to stop it – can plead neither ignorance nor innocence. Active silence can be as damaging as active bullying and result in tragedies like Clementi’s death.”

Dan Savage described the sentencing as "far, far too lenient."

In addition to his immediate punishments, Ravi also faces three years probation. The prosecution, meanwhile, suggested today it may appeal Berman's decision. If they do not appeal, however, Ravi will report to a correctional facility on May 31st.

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  1. Ag you don't think it's a violation of privacy? Are you really that dumb?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 21, 2012 2:38:10 PM

  2. Deport the entire disgusting family.

    Posted by: Donald | May 21, 2012 2:39:23 PM

  3. Ravi also has many years ahead of him having to deal with a felony conviction. Few companies disregard such a conviction, especially in the short term. Things won't be east for Ravi for quite a while. His whole life is now on a totally different trajectory than before all this happened. My only consolation about this sentence today is that even after he serves his thirty days, and completes his probation, this will haunt him every time he has to fill out a job application.

    Posted by: Frank | May 21, 2012 2:41:36 PM

  4. 30 days is just a total joke. and an insult. the have to try and appeal for a harsher sentence. maybe bring lynching back?

    Posted by: DanSwon | May 21, 2012 2:44:19 PM

  5. Sometimes we have to learn and accept mercy. This kid never deserved to spend over a decade in prison.

    Both Ravi and Clementi were obviously unstable people and probbbbably not the best choice for freshman year roommates... But a lot of you seem to be taking your anger for all the injustices and hardships of the collective gay American life out on this one mean kid. Clementi's mother, who allegedly rejected him for being gay just months before his suicide, probably did more to contribute to her son's instability than the other student. Neither should be tried for his death, which is essentially what happened during Ravi's trial.

    Posted by: Mike C. | May 21, 2012 2:50:11 PM

  6. This not long enough - he won't serve this - he is so smug too

    Posted by: Marky | May 21, 2012 2:55:11 PM

  7. "Sometimes we have to learn and accept mercy."

    And sometimes we DON'T -- like NOW!

    "This kid never deserved to spend over a decade in prison."

    This "kid" deserves to be thrown poff the George Washington Bridge.

    "Both Ravi and Clementi were obviously unstable people and probbbbably not the best choice for freshman year roommates..."

    "Obviously unstable"? To whom?

    "But a lot of you seem to be taking your anger for all the injustices and hardships of the collective gay American life out on this one mean kid."


    " Clementi's mother, who allegedly rejected him for being gay just months before his suicide, probably did more to contribute to her son's instability than the other student"

    And on what do you base that? Rumor? Conjecture? Something you just pulled out of your useless ass?

    "Neither should be tried for his death, which is essentially what happened during Ravi's trial."

    Love the "neither."

    When you get gay-based, don'ty call the cops. It's all YOUR MOTHERS'S FAULT.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 21, 2012 2:57:34 PM

  8. I feel that the lust for blood in this case is a clear example of scapegoating.

    I kinda feel for the kid.

    Posted by: New-new | May 21, 2012 3:01:10 PM

  9. @David Ehrenstein, I'm not going to respond to someone who is clearly as delusional as you, and who is advocating that Ravi be killed, but to your question on Clementi's mother allegedly rejected him for being gay, I'll respond since you seem so uninformed

    In online conversations Clementi had with friends before his death, he said that his mother had "completely rejected" him after coming out, and that he was deeply troubled by it

    Posted by: Mike C. | May 21, 2012 3:07:59 PM

  10. Hold on. Was convicted on 15 counts and faced up to 10 years but got 30 days.

    Maybe my math is somehow off but this just doesn't add up at all.

    Posted by: Michael | May 21, 2012 3:09:07 PM

  11. I am extremely well-informed about this case Mike C, as I have followed it closely from the beginning.

    That you see Mrs. Clementi's reaction to her son's coming out as the reason behind his suicide is TYPICAL of KAPOS such as yourself.(Talk about delusional!)

    What caused Clemnti's suicide is clearly the last in-person meetign he had with Ravi

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 21, 2012 3:25:28 PM

  12. I think his punishment has been fair. It was a horrible invasion of privacy, but he shouldn't solely be blamed for the suicide. Ravi did a stupid thing at probably a really bad time.

    Posted by: Matt | May 21, 2012 3:31:26 PM

  13. We can't have it both ways. Either bullying is a crime and, when it leads to death-by-bulling, should be severely punished - or "boys will be boys" prevails.

    We as a community - or at least those who publicly say that they speak for "us" - are sending society a very confusing message.

    Posted by: MIke | May 21, 2012 3:35:39 PM

  14. 30 days is too short. I think six months is appropriate.

    Surely, after his community service, he will be deported, right?

    Posted by: Randy | May 21, 2012 3:44:50 PM

  15. Looks like the usual trolls have donned new names and a fake sense of concern for Ravi.

    And AG, go to hell you swine, or really go back to whatever fox news place you came from. The moment you attempt American Gays with Nazi Germany, you reveal your self as stupid, uninformed and a homophobe.

    Posted by: Polyboy | May 21, 2012 4:04:20 PM

  16. Absolutely disgusting, but not surprising. This piece of scum has had everyone absolving him (and apologizing) of his criminal/culpability, behavior from day one and so it continues. Just despicable, I hope this sociopath rots in hell. I believe in karma.

    Posted by: Molc | May 21, 2012 4:09:18 PM

  17. No surprise in all of this. Although I did not wish to see him deported or sent to jail for ten years, a prison sentence of at least a year or two could very well have been a transformative experience in his life, hopefully for the better. As it is, only time will tell, if the media follows up on him many years from now, as to whether or not his current lack of remorse is indicative of a serious character flaw that will deprive him of a fully realized life.

    Posted by: Kenn | May 21, 2012 4:13:50 PM

  18. To quote the words attributed to Sir Thomas More (But actully writen by Robert Bolt, dramatist/screenwriter): "Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, what would you do..cut a great road through the law to get after the devil...and when the last law was down...where would you hide,the laws all being flat? ..Do you really think you could stand upright in the winds which would blow?"

    Commentors overlook the 300 hours of mandatory community service, including attending LBGT organized training and anti-bullying sessions. The fine of over 11K. The attorney's fees the Ravi family owes which are undoubtedly in excess of 11K by far, knowing lawyers fees. All in all not exactly draconian but hardly a "slap on ther wrist". We court trouble when the community wants not justice tempered with mercy but vengence to get "at the devil".

    Posted by: Contrarian | May 21, 2012 4:29:08 PM

  19. To quote William Shakespeare: "First we kill all the lawyers."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 21, 2012 4:32:59 PM

  20. Fifty years apart: two smug rich boys, each so offended by the very IDEA of somebody having a life that's different from his own, decides to humiliate and abuse and enlist as many others as he can to observe and approve of the acts that are seen by so many as "pranks". Neither shows any remorse or even concern for his victim.
    There's a trial and something vaguely resembling punishment in the second instance. Is that progress?

    Whatever path Ravi's life takes, at least he won't be a US Presidential candidate.

    Posted by: gregory brown | May 21, 2012 4:33:15 PM

  21. 30 days, guilty on 24 counts = 30 hours per count

    Posted by: JJ | May 21, 2012 4:35:12 PM

  22. Contrarian
    You part of our community?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 21, 2012 4:45:41 PM

  23. The problem with political trials is when the law intrudes on the festivities. The reason so many gay "leaders" came out in favor of leniency was to forestall an appeal--which they knew would go Ravi's way. They really set up expectations way too high with this trial (particularly the prosecutor's office and the media). There never was going to be justice served for decades of anti-gay bullying. Disappointment was inevitable.

    Posted by: anon | May 21, 2012 4:56:59 PM

  24. It will be very difficult to take seriously anything Dan Savage says in the future. He betrayed the whole cause of ending bullying by asking for leniency for this bully. Really disgusted with the judge, but also with Savage and Sullivan et al.

    Posted by: Jay | May 21, 2012 5:10:27 PM

  25. I would have given him at least a year in prison.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 21, 2012 5:29:04 PM

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